28 Mar 2019

March 28, 2019

    YESTERDAY:

    Early Wednesday morning.

    Nice light in the am.

    Fissile with some spin drift. Click here for some interesting facts on Fissile.


    Another awesome day in the mountains.


    Wind transport in the am.

    Mother Natures grooming.

    Looking Southwest Wednesday morning.

    Looking West.

    Looking Northeast.

    Wind deposited powder on West Facing slopes.

    Horstman Glacier had some nice winter snow conditions.

    Image from Wednesday afternoon.

    Last light before sunset.

    Sunset was at 19:34 hrs.



Weather Observations for March 29, 2019, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 20-35 KPH NE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH NNE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -2, Winds were 10-20 KPH NE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -3, Winds were  10-15 KPH NE--Round House
1650 meters     -3, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 230 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -1, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 163 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -3, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +11.4, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

A weak front in the split flow is trying to reach our area in a Southeasterly flow aloft. The ridge to our North will have an effect on the pattern bringing unsettled weather for today as it has Northerly outflow winds blocking the upper level trough. The FL will likely reach 2000 meters today with day time heating, dropping back down to 1600 meters tonight.  The ridge strengthens tomorrow for mostly sunny skies with some cloud in the mix. Models are not in agreement for the weekend but at this time it looks like the ridge will win the battle. This pattern continues through the weekend with a mixed bag until the ridge strengthens again early next week. As of now there is no precipitation expected until next weekend.


    GOES IR image from this am.


    Low pressure sending some cloud our way today.






    Fronts along the coast.

    High strengthens for Friday with mostly sunny skies.





    High still in control on Saturday with some cloud in the area.

    Unsettled again for Sunday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Slab on Fissile March 27, 2019.                                                                       Julien Millan Pic

    Recent activity on Sisqa Peak. Check out MIN report below.                                Mitch Gillepse Pic

    Old Fracture line from Tuesday.

    Some pinwheeling from Tuesday just below tree line.

    Old debris being covered by wind blown snow.



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Very delicate sastrugi.

    Sastrugi comes in many flavours.

    Spindrift Wednesday morning.

    Nice smooth turns in Blackcmb Glacier.

    Lots of folks out in the backcountry.

    Wind hammered cord.

    Horstman Glacier.

    Colder temperatures in the alpine.

    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.




From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports: 

Sisqa Peak: March 27, 2019




ARTICLES:

Hakuba Avalanche--Backcountry guides on scene: Japan

Experts warn recent weather could cause increased avalanche activity: Montana

Annapurna 2 Snow Avalanche: Massive

Snowboarders triggered deadly Colorado avalanche: February 19, 2019

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